They say the hardest part is getting started. So, I’m just going to dive right in.
Devon has been my home for thirty years. I am born and bred.
Apart from a short stint at university in Kingston (Surrey) I have lived in this beautiful county my entire life.
My admiration for the place grows and grows each year, as does the gratitude that I get to call this place home. I have to thank two sets of grandparents for relocating here many moons ago; one following a career path, the other in search of a more rural way of life. And I must also thank my parents for staying put and providing us with a fantastic childhood in this wonderful location.
Admittedly, as a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to escape to the big city… hence my three years in London chasing the bright lights. However, after experiencing that lifestyle firsthand (which was certainly an experience!), there was no question that I would be moving back to Devon as soon as I graduated.
Ironically, I started this blog while at university, although all evidence of the original memoirs of my pop punk youth are now hidden (can you blame me?)!
However, I have to say that 10 years later, lockdown has been a big motivator for the ‘re-birth’ of my blog. My younger self could never have imagined all the changes that a new virus could bring, but if we can’t take motivation in the most disruptive of times, then when can we?
I’ve been lucky enough to work throughout the pandemic, albeit from home, which meant I was able to explore what was on my doorstep more easily than ever before. Quite literally, at a time when we were unable to drive anywhere but the supermarket. This made it even more special when we stumbled across breathtaking new scenery within walking distance from our front door.
Then, when we were allowed to travel once more, I knew I would never again take advantage of my proximity to the beach and coastline. While still incredibly appreciative of the countryside my house is surrounded by, it will be impossible to forget the feeling of setting foot on the golden sands of Woolacombe again, after weeks of being confined to a six mile radius! The sad thing is that we often don’t appreciate what we have until it is taken away from us.
After falling in love with my home all over again, there was a large part of me that wanted to shout about Devon and all its beauty from the rooftops, so this shall be my outlet! As well as Instagram, of course!
In an age where we spend so much time behind a screen, and consumerism often takes over, it’s never been as important to make time to get outside and appreciate nature and the beautiful world we live in. And what better place to start than Devon!?
Whether you’re a fellow local, an occasional visitor, or an aspiring resident, I hope you enjoy following all that I share about the simply stunning South West.
A true Devonshire maid